Welcome Ya’ll!

July 4, 2007

It’s the country life in the southeast with a few 4-legged critters and lots of fowl. Our Maremma sheepdog works hard to keep the predators away! I love to take pictures so there are lots of images of the farm critters, wildlife and nature. Plus some pictures from far afield now and then, when we do a tad of traveling. So sit down and visit a spell!

Our English Shepherd Is 6 Months Old Today!

October 21, 2016

It’s hard to believe that our English Shepherd pup is already 6 months old!

Here’s a picture I took of him just a few minutes ago.

pic of English Shepherd pup

As all pups do, he has grown like a weed! You can get a feel for how much bigger he is by looking at him beside Tasha.

pic of English Shepherd and Maremma Sheepdog

She weighs a little over 80-pounds. I’m guessing he’s probably about half that.

He will never be as big as she is, but he’s no small pooch either!

Some things are still PUPPY POWERED!

Even though he is getting older, he is still a master of the art of “puppy dog eyes” … to the max…

pic of English Shepherd pup

You know you want to give me a treat. . .

And he still likes to play and rough house with Tasha!

pic of English Shepherd pup and Maremma

In fact, he likes to play rough a LOT!

PIC OF farm dog and Maremma

Our walks get pretty rowdy most of the time, but it’s a great way for him to get lots of exercise.

Then there is the digging and chewing. Toys, flower pots… whatever he can find, if it’s chewable, he considers it his!

pic of farm dog pup

Whatever he isn’t actively playing with is often buried somewhere. You’d think it would be easy to see where he’s buried one of his new toys… but you’d be wrong! 🙂 It’s sometimes weeks before I find the latest dig.

But even the most energetic pup eventually wears out and needs a nap.

pic of sleeping ES pup

No doubt dreaming of more things to chew or chase!

We’ve got a ways to go on training… but he’s already a much-loved part of our farm family!

Introducing a New English Shepherd Pup

July 21, 2016

picture of farm collie pupIt’s been over 2 weeks since we brought home the latest addition, and boy! Has it been busy.

When we lost Toby I wasn’t so sure I wanted another dog, and most especially not right away. First off I still miss him so much, and secondly… I also remember what work it is to train a pup!

But after a little time passed, I got to wondering, “Well, if we DID got another dog, what kind would work best here on the farm?”

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Happy 9th Birthday for Rural Ramblings!

July 4, 2016

It’s hard to believe this blog has been in existence for 9 years.

When I first started it, I posted fairly regularly, but lately it’s been a lot more sporadic. I hope to amend that, especially with an up and coming “Farm Dog” section. Because as of this date, we have a new pup on the farm, an English Shepherd. But more on that in another post.

For now, this is about the 9th anniversary of our farm blog. While I write a lot, another big component of this blog is the pictures. So I decided to choose some of my favorite pictures from each year to showcase here.

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Remembering Toby: The Later Years

June 3, 2016

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words, and in many ways I think that’s true. In my last post I had pictures of Toby that were taken from 2005 through 2009. You could see he was full of vim and vigor then, with running and jumping all the time.

He never lost his passion for carrying sticks or getting into water And he often made us laugh, which is a very precious commodity indeed. For instance, his penchant for trying to bark at the wheels moving on a hand truck while still holding a stick in his mouth always struck us as funny.

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